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THE OHIO ORGAN
OF THE TEMPERANCE REFORM.
Cincinnati, Februa. y 11, 1853.
TERMS:
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uh, aid aildrnaed, poitaga paid, to
CALEB CLARK,
Bu Fkaxxuk PiTUie Hooaa,
1 Cincinnati, O.
Great Temperance Convention,
22d February.
Tbt friends of Temperance, of Hamil
ton County, will remember the Grand Dem
onstration which is to be held at Fosm'i
Hall, corner 5th and Walnut its., Cin., on
the 22 of February, (not Slat, aa the printer
made us say last week) the ever-memorable
birth day of the Father of our Country.
Friends, let us have a glorious meeting
together, upon this occasion one worthy
the hal'owed day and our glorious cause.
Let each township call meetings and nomi
nate her delegates forthwith, if it is not al
ready done. ' We want every township to
send in a delegation that will show conclu
sive'y that she is with us in our efforts to
disintirall our beloved State from tha blast
ing influence of the liquor traffic. Come up
to our aid. then, tn matte, and we will bars
a rallying that will tell upon the destiny of
our glorious cause. Hamilton must awake.
"Tom Paine Celebration."
The birth day of this notorious in
dividual was celebrated a few days ago
in this city, by tho "German freemen
and English liberals." Some ten or
fifteen hundred, united in a torch light
procession, proceeded through the
streets to a public.hall, where speeches
were made and toasts were drank,
as is usual, on similar occasions. We
think Cincinnati a very fit place for
such a demonstration. Tom Paine
was a notorious profligate, a libertine
and drunkard. He lived and died a
loathsome thing, and has left behind
works which are calculated to corrupt,
poison, and destroy the unwary.
We do not question his talents, and
we cheerfully accord to him some po
litical sagacity ; but the world would
have been better off if he had never
lived. God says, "the memory of tho
wicked shall rot," and the " German
freemen and English liberals" will
have a hard task to make a saint out
of such a wretch in these days of light
and Christianity, or save his name from
merited oblivion. We say Cincinnati
is an appropriate place to do him hon
or, and we are somewhat surprised
that a much larger number did not
participate in the exercises. Probably
most of Paine's special admirers were
detained in the various grog-shops of
the city, worshipping Bacchus, the
favorite divinity of the author of the
"Age of Reason."
We suppose a certain member of
the Legislature from this county, who
at the convivial board, at the capitol,
on Christmas, offered a toast, "To the
memory of Jesus Christ," was present
and participated in the exercises. He
would have been a suitable orator for
the occasion.
Since writing the above, we have
seen in the Daily Times a detailed ac
count of the proceedings. We were
not before aware of the extent of the
infidel clubs in this city. We have
only to refer to the bloody scenes en
acted in France during the Revolu
tion, to know what we might expect,
if these disorganize of society could
carry out their plans. Let us refer
THE OHIO ORGAN 1 OF THE
to a few of their toasts, by way of il
lustrating the character of this cele
bration and the spirit of those partici
pating. ; .' ' .u... ? .,
By S. H. Atkinson '
"Dedicated to tin Unbutton God."
"The appropriate inscription for the
churches in the world." '
By a liberal 1
"The two religions the business
of priests, is to preach the religion of
the bible the duty of liberals, is to
preach the religion of man. . -,
These are fair specimens of the
whole. V ;
It is well they repudiate the religion
of the Bible, for it comes with all its
terrible and righteous sanctions against
their impious conduct. ' The religion
of the Bible is the only hope of repub
licanism, social order, civil and relig
ious liberty.
"The religion of man," what is it ?
Look to the bloody scenes during the
reign of terror in France. If any of
these freemen and liberals have any
noble and generous and benevolent
impulses, tbey are indebted for them
solely to the influences of the religion
of the Bible, the veiy source of all
good influences. What is man with
out it ? Let the whole heathen world,
in ancient and modern times, answer.
We pity from our heart of hearts, those
poor deluded creatures, and would put
up the prayer, "Father forgive them,
they know not what they do.
They never will realize their hopes,
that the light of the Sun of Righteous
ness may be put out. They might as
well attempt, with impious hands, to
tear the natural sun from the firma
ment, as to attempt to obliterate a sin
gle ray of that light that emanates
from the cross of Christ, or crush the
hejres inspired by his Gospel. "He
that sitteth in the Heavens shall
laugh, the Lord will have them in de
rision.
Remedy for Intemperance.
Public journals, not friendly to the
proposed law o! prohibition, are dis
cussing the propriety of various meas
ures to put a stop to intemperance.
Almost every week we find some new
expedient suggested, or an old one
commended. An article has been
going the rounds of the papers, headed,
remedy for intemperance," which
insists that a most efficacious means
would be the erection of houses of in
dustry, where the intemperate might
be confined, and placed under a course
of mental, moral, and physical treat
ment, which would cure them of the
habit. We do not find fault with the
proposition as a humane and charita
ble measure. It is right and just that
society, after seducing and ruining
men, should take care of them, and
furnish all the means necessary to
render them comfortable. But it is
silly beyond expression to insist upon
.w a remedy for intemperance, u
.... T.
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drunkards could be thus occasionally
reformed, why should every neighbor
hood have an expensive establishment
to be sustained generation after gener
ation, when the right and the power
exist to arrest the cause, and thereby
render such asylums unnecessary?
Of eonrse, suffering humanity calls
for curative remedies, and they should
be applied, but not with the view of
' - .... . .
dispensing with tneprevenms remeay
TEMPERANCE PREFORM
."Drunkenness i Crime."
When a poor trembling convict
was arraigned before our Criminal
Court, a few days since, to receive the
sentence of the law, he was asked the
usual' question, whether he had any
thing to say. He gave utterance to a
yery common remark under such cir
cumstances :'" May it please your
Honor, if I comrritted the crime with
which I am charged, I was so drunk
that I did not know it." His Honor
said, "this is no excuse, but aggravates
your guilt; drunkenness is a crime."
If "drunkenness is a crime," how
many criminals are upon the bench
and in our Legislative Halls, botn
State and National!
The only difference between this
class of criminals and hat in the
States' prisons, is, that the latter have
unintentionally and perhaps uncon
sciously done what the former would
have done, under precisely the same
circumstances.
Hanncgan, when the distinguished
Senator in Congress, was a criminal,
like scores of his associates, but he
was not so regarded. In a state of
wild delirium, he unfortunately took
the life of his best earthly friend, and
to restore that life he would cheerfully
lay down his own a thousand times.
Is it true that the act of killing his
brother-in-law, is aggravated by his
drunkenness? We know this doctrine
is advocated in some old law books
and is reiterated by modern Judges,
but it is false and absurd. It is a li
bel upon the common sense of man
kind, to declare that an offence com
mitted when the offender is destitute
of reason, (we care not from what
cause,) is more aggravated than when
committed by a person' in full. 'pos
session of all his faculties. Hanne-
gan's guilt consisted yielding to the
tempter who sits in the lurking places
of the, villages, to ensnare and mur
der the innocent. The liquor seller
must'expect his full measure of pun
ishment at the hands of a just God,
as a participant in the crime of mur
der.. We would rather be in Hanne-
gan's place at the bar of eternal jus
tice, than that of the liquor sellers
who mix the damning potion. We
should be surprised not to find in holy
writ, woe unto him that giveth his
neighbor drink, that putteth the bottle
to him and maketh him drunken."
We would not be understood as
wishing to exculpate the drunkard; we
acknowledged that he is guilty of a
crime; but the old serpent, the temp
er was "cursed above all cattle," and,
made to crawl upon his belly and
eat dust forever, for seducing inno
cence.
If drunkenness is a crime, why de
nounce those as enthusiasts and fana
tics, who oppose the election of drunk
ards to places of honor, trust and profit.
The political press utters a pitious cry
that we "are destroying the holy cause
of Temperance," "mingling Temper
ance with politics," fcc, fcc, when
we say that drunken Whigs and drunk
en Democrats "criminals" ought
not and cannot have our suffrage.
If drunkenness is a crime, why per
mit the cause of drunkenness to re
main undisturbed? Why should Leg'
islators and Judges throw themselves
between society and the filthy stews,
where this ' crime is engendered, and
make their stations, cities of refuge,
for the miserable panderer to vicious
degrading, criminal appetitet i
If drunkenness is a crime, what
must be the guilt of the sovereign peo
ple of this country, who, knowingly
take measures to produce it, or what
is equally as bad permit its perpetra
tion when they have the power to pre
ventit. , i ,'j
If drunkenness is a crime, what is
the measure of guilt that attaches to
the moderate drinker? ' The moderate '
use of the poison impairs the ' body,
the intellect and the moral sense; and
thus overpowered, they yield necessa
rily to the demands of perverted, vi
tiated appetite, In- conclusion,"1 if
"drunkenness is a crime," we wish
some of our Judges would not forget
the fact, as they visit the. saloons dur
ing the progress of business through
the day, and after the adjournment of
Court in the evening. They may
find'fhernsclvesin the "criminals' box,"
before they are aware of it. ; ,
It has been suggested, that a saloon
on the same floor with the Court Room
would facilitate the public business.
What Everybody Knows.
Edward Baines, a member of the
British Parliament, tells us what he hat
known. A person need not reside in
England, to be equally well informed
on the same subject. There are very
few men, or women either, in the
United States, who will require the
honorable gentleman to take any tes
timony to prove what he says. We
do not ask "for persons ot, papers "
but we will invite our readers to read
what Mr. B. says he has known : ; ',.
The peculiar danger of intoxica
ting drinks is in their extreme seduc
tiveness, and in the all but unconquer
able strength' of the drinking habit
when once formed ; and their pecu
liar malignity is in their being the pa
rent or nurse ot every kind of enme,
wickedness and suffering.
I say boldly, that no man living,
who uses intoxicating drinks, is free
from the danger of at least occasional,
and if of occasional, ultimately of ha
bitual excess. I have known such fright
ful instances of persons brought into
captivity to the habit, that there seems
to be no character, position, or cir
cumstances that free men from the
danger. I have known many young
men ot tho hnest promise, led by tne
drinking habit into vice, ruin and
early death. I have known such be
come virtual parricides. I have known
many tradesmen, whom it has made
bankrupt. I have known Sunday
scholars whom it . has led to prison.
I have known Teachers and even Su
perintendents, whom it has dragged
down to profligacy. I have known
Ministers of religion, in and out of
the establishment, of high academic
honors, of splendid eloquence, nay,
of vast usefulness, whom it has fas
cinated, and hurried over the preci
pice of public infamy, with their eyes
open, and gazing with horror on their
fate. I have known men of the
strongest and clearest intellect, and
of vigorous resolution, whom it has
made weaker than children and fools.
I have known gentlemen of refine
ment and taste, whom it has debased
into brutes. I have known poets of
high genius, whom it has bound in a
bondage worse than the gallows, and
ultimately cut short their days. I
have known statesmen, lawyers and
judges, whom it has killed. I have

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